Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
Sassy Sabrina: A Long-Term Shelter Dog Finds a Happy Ending
Sabrina was originally adopted from Salt Lake County Animal
Services as a puppy but returned to the shelter 5-years later. Sabrina had the
cards stacked against her coming into the shelter environment. She was a 5-year-old,
black pit bull, who wasn’t well trained and often did not get along with other
It did not take long for Sabrina to become a shelter
favorite with her sassy personality. Staff
quickly realized that Sabrina was too smart for her own good and needed to have
her energy directed into positive experiences.
Sabrina spent mornings in an office playing in the toy box (literally),
chewing on bones and having some down time before starting with basics: not
jumping on the table, learning to wait until called for, and walking politely on
leash. After the “boring” lessons, she would play with food puzzles and the bubble
machine. Then Sabrina would head to the play yard where she would open the toy
box and jump in to retrieve the toy she wanted. She would finish her enrichment
time with a stuffed Kong in her kennel.
During this time, a previous adopter, Theresa, began
volunteering at the shelter and met Sabrina. It was not long before Theresa fell in love
with Sabrina and her quirky personality: jumping in toy boxes, sitting
“frog-legged” and so on. Theresa would
take Sabrina to the park on outings, Barley’s Canine Recreation Center to swim,
and eventually became her biggest advocate on “Team Sabrina,” taking her through
a 6-week training course.
In August of 2017, Theresa was determined to foster Sabrina
at her home. For Sabrina to live in a home with other dogs, Theresa had to
redesign her home to provide a separate, safe space for Sabrina. Once they
settled in, Theresa began training Sabrina on scent work and giving her all the
luxuries of a home life again.
On November 25th Theresa and Paul knew it was
time to make Sabrina an official family member. After spending 8 months in the
shelter and several months in foster, Sabrina found her forever family.
Sabrina’s story is not uncommon in the world of animal
rescue but her happy ending wouldn’t have happened without enrichment,
training, and a dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and fosters. The life-saving
programming provided at Salt Lake County Animal Services is due to the support
of the community.
A special “thank you” to Theresa and Paul for volunteering, fostering,
donating and adopting. Thank you for giving long-term shelter dog, Sabrina, the
happy ending she deserved. Happy Trails Sabrina!
Here are links if you are interested in volunteering,fostering, or adopting
from Salt Lake County Animal Services or for questions about volunteering email email@example.com.
A New Years Resolution for Your Pet
many of us set a resolution for ourselves for the new year. Since our pets can
improve our physical and mental health, lets improve the lives of our cats and
dogs this year as well.
Their Tags & Microchips: If your contact information has changed, get
your pet a new tag and update your info that’s attached to their microchip.
Also, make sure the info on their tag is still readable, often it rubs off.
- Bring Out
the Brush: Not only does brushing improve their coats, it helps you
Throw away those dirty, germy, broken toys. Get them something new to play
- Make Time
to Play: Whether it’s swimming, hiking, or learning new tricks; your pet
needs time to play and bond with you because they love you unconditionally.
They’re Food: It’s easy to overfeed a pet who acts like there’s never
enough food in the bowl. Throw a measuring cup in their food containers and use
it every day. Food is often a way we say, “I Love You.” Love your pet with
other things like attention, play dates, or more car rides.
- Take Them
to the Vet: Just like humans, pets should see their veterinarian for an
annual check-up. They need to have their yearly vaccinations to keep them
healthy and happy. Often when pets get sick, there is something going on with
them that we can’t see.
As part of your resolution, resolve to play more! Salt Lake County Animal Services will be offering $18 adoption fees from January 2-31 for all pets EXCLUDING puppies and livestock.
renewing a license? Every pet that lives in: Bluffdale, Copperton, Emmigration
Canyon, Herriman, Holladay, Kearns, Magna, Midvale, Millcreek, Salt Lake City,
and White City can walk-in to Salt Lake County Animal Services, Monday –
Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM, and receive a free DHPP (vaccine for dogs), FVRCP
(vaccine for cats), and a microchip. Rabies vaccinations are done by
information visit AdoptUtahPets.com or come by 511 W 3900 S, in Salt Lake City.
Volunteer of the Month: Tracie Harrison
Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services January 2018 Volunteer of the Month, Tracie Harrison. Tracie started
volunteering with us in July 2017 and can often be found working with our green
collar dogs or in our barn visiting with the rabbits! She always has such a
great attitude when she comes in and has a smile for everyone. We love having
Tracie here as she is so understanding and hard working!
Tracie is a wonderful person to have as part of our
volunteer program. Her love for the dogs and rabbits is clear and apparent, and
we are thankful she chooses to spend her time with our animals!
By volunteering you have just given the most expensive and
priceless gift anyone could have ever given – kindness and love. Thank you
“We have to do
what we can to help wherever and whenever it is possible for us to help.”
— Jackie Chan
Interested in volunteering? Found out more or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cold Weather Tips for Cats & Dogs
photo credit: Andrea Reiman
The temperatures are dropping, and snow is in the air! Keep your pets safe during the cold
weather with a few tips:
Grab your pup a
coat and some dog booties to protect their paws. Check your dog’s paws for snow
clumps when they come in after being outside.
- Ice melt is
dangerous to our pets if ingested. Please wipe their paws when coming inside
from a dog walk or a cat outing. There is animal-safe ice melt you can purchase
at your local hardware stores.
- If your dog stays
outside in your backyard during the day, please be sure that they have access
to shelter and un-frozen water. During
night freezing temperatures, please bring your dog inside. If you’re cold, your
dog is cold. Dogs can suffer from hypothermia.
- If you have a
community cat colony at your residence, please make sure they have adequate
On behalf of all of us at
Salt Lake County Animal Services, we wish you and yours a very merry holiday
season! If you’re looking to collect holiday donations for the pets here at the
shelter, we’re always in need of soft treats for the pups and canned cat paté
for the kitties. If you would like more ideas please visit our website, AdoptUtahPets.com or visit us at
511 W 3900 S, Salt Lake City.
Bello, a Goat, for Adoption
Bello, was brought into Salt Lake County Animal Services in December 2017. He is a male approximately 1 year old and available for adoption at 10:00am on January 3, 2018.
His adoption price is set at $45 and will be adopted to the
first qualified adopter to come in on or after the 3rd.
Adopter must be in an area zoned for livestock.
Salt Lake County Animal Services is located at 511 W 3900 S, SLC.